Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Joining WTO is a necessity for Iran: minister

Joining WTO is a necessity for Iran: minister: "Joining WTO is a necessity for Iran: minister
TEHRAN, April 20 (MNA) – “Eight years of sincere and fruitful cooperation between the government and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines of Iran, has yielded very good results for the economy of the country”, said Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari.
The commerce minister who was referring to the eight-year services under President Mohammad Khatami noted, “The period should be remembered as a bright era in good cooperation between the government and the private sector.”

The move towards free economy, elimination of foreign exchange trading contracts and removing the tariff obstacles are agreed upon by both of the institutions, government and the Chamber of Commerce, Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in his comments he referred to the necessity of Iran’s joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) and stated, “With most of the countries in the world joining the organization and the highly competitive economic world, Iran’s membership in the organization is essential.”

He also referred to the reduction in the government’s share in the petrochemical and metal industries as a cornerstone in the relations between the government and the private sector and said that increasing the non-oil exports to 75% is a great step and if the move continued, it would result in a leap in the non-oil exports.

He also alluded to the growth in the exports through the border markets as well as the increase in the exports of technical and engineering services and said that so far, Iran has concluded agreements worth $941 million with other countries on the exports of technical and engineering services."